Wednesday, February 28, 2007

CFBA book of the week: A Valley of Betrayal, by Tricia Goyer

Tricia is a members of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. She also has a blog, It's Real Life and a parenting blog Generation NeXt.

TRICIA GOYER is the author of five novels, two nonfiction books and one children's book. She also was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference Writer of the Year in 2003. In 2005, her novel Night Song, the second title in Tricia’s World War II series, won ACFW's Book of the Year for Best Long Historical Romance. In 2006, her novel Dawn of A Thousand Nights also won book of the Year for Long Historical Romance. Tricia and her husband, John, live with their family in northwestern Montana.

We are pleased to be able to review her exciting Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War, A Valley Of Betrayal

For reasons beyond her control, Sophie finds herself alone in the war-torn Spanish countryside, searching for her beloved Michael. His work as a news photographer has taken him deep into the country wracked by civil war. What was once a thriving paradise has become a battleground for Nazi-backed Franco fascist soldiers and Spanish patriots. She is caught up in the escalating events when the route to safety is blocked and fighting surrounds her.

Secrets abound in the ruined Spain. Michael is loving but elusive, especially about beautiful maria. The American who helped Sophie sneak into Spain turns up in odd places. Michael's friend Jose knows more than he tells. When reports of Michael's dissappearance reach her, Sophie is devastaed. What are her feelings for Philip, an American soldier who comes to her rescue?

Sophie must sift truth from lies as she becomes more embroiled in the war that threatens her life and breaks her heart. On her darkest night, Sophie takes refuge with a brigade of international compatriots. Among these volunteers, she pledges to make the plight of the Spanish people known around the world through the power of art.

Acclaimed author Tricia Goyer creates a riviting cast of characters against the backdrop of pre-WWII spain. Love, loss, pain, and beauty abound in A Valley Of Betrayal, the first book in her new series, Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War.

**a note from Karri**
I haven't finished reading my copy of this novel yet, so I can't give a thoroughly informed judgement. However, Goyer's extensive research and intimate knowledge of an era in history probably not too well-known is staggering. She, like her main character, is an artist who paints with images and words that encapsulate the world in which the characters live. I'm not a history buff, but I'm engrossed enough that I need to read on to find out what happens. Though not my cup of tea, I'm glad I delved into a less-traveled genre for me--I'm learning a lot.

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  1. Sounds cool. I should go look at this...

    No, Karri, I'm still not giving away the ending. 0=)

  2. I'll enter you for the contest even though you commented on the wrong post!

  3. Karri,

    I'm putting together the blog tour for Tricia Goyer's A Shadow of Treason, Book 2 in the Spanish Civil War series.

    Would you like to join the tour?